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EDA And Disaster Recovery

Disaster Success Stories

EDA assist communities recovering from disasters

EDA funding for 2017 Disasters

Disaster Recovery Funding for Maria, Irma, wildfires and other 2017 disasters

Disaster News Clips

Media clips and posts on EDA’s recovery and resiliency activities

Disaster Supplemental Funding for 2017 Disasters

EDA has made available $587 million for disaster recovery grants in communities experiencing economic distress or other economic harm resulting from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and wildfires and other federally declared natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2017. EDA also has provided regions and communities on-the-ground Economic Recovery Support Function (ERSF) assistance for 2017 disasters under the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). For example, please see the Hurricane Harvey Long-Term Economic Recovery Workshops Report (PDF) as well as the Recovery Support Strategy produced by Federal Agencies and the State of Florida for Hurricane Irma; the Economic RSF Findings (PDF).

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EDA and the Economic Recovery Support Function conducted meetings in several disaster-impacted counties in Florida to learn about local recovery concerns in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael and to help identify federal and state resources to assist.

2018-19 Disasters

EDA is working with regional economic development districts to assist communities and businesses impacted by Hurricanes Michael and Florence, the Kilauea volcano, and the Midwestern floods. In October 2018, EDA announced a $100,000 grant award to the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) to provide North Carolina communities technical assistance to assist in their recovery from Hurricane Florence and, in November, EDA deployed staff support to Tallahassee, FL, to lead economic recovery activities for Hurricane Michael. In April 2019, EDA provided IEDC a $189,071 grant award to support a volunteer program bringing economic development and business experts to Hawaii to aid in short and long term economic recovery from the volcanic eruption. In addition, EDA awarded IEDC a grant of $353,000 to provide economic development and recovery assistance in the Mariana Islands. The three populated islands - Saipan, Tinian and Rota were badly impacted in October by Super Typhoon Yutu. For information about Major Disaster Declarations for affected counties, please visit: www.fema.gov/disasters. For information about EDA disaster recovery activities, please contact: Nfriedman@eda.gov.

Disaster Assistance Resources and Other Information

EDA’s Regional Offices in Austin, Philadelphia, and Atlanta are working closely with Economic Development Districts (EDDs), Federal, state and local officials and other partners in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to accelerate economic recovery from the disaster. Contact the EDA Regional Office serving your state.

Contact the FEMA Helpline if you have questions about:

  • The help offered by FEMA.
  • How to apply for assistance.
  • Information in your account.

Call 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time, 7 days a week:

  • 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)
  • TTY 1-800-462-7585
  • 711 or VRS 1-800-621-3362

How to Register with FEMA:

Additional disaster recovery information is available online: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Hurricane Harvey:

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Maria

Other Information


EDA has a long history of successfully supporting disaster recovery and resiliency efforts. EDA's role in disaster recovery is to facilitate the timely and effective delivery of Federal economic development assistance to support long-term community economic recovery planning and project implementation, redevelopment and resiliency. EDA is uniquely positioned to coordinate regional disaster recovery efforts in partnership with its extensive network of Economic Development Districts (EDDs), University Centers, institutions of higher education and other partners in designated impact areas. EDA has published the FY18 Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities where a Presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued under the Stafford Act as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires and other natural disasters in 2017.

Economic Recovery Support Function

Executed in March 2011, Presidential Policy Directive (PPD)-8: National Preparedness directs all federal government departments and agencies to collaboratively design and implement “a systematic effort to keep the nation safe from harm and resilient when struck by hazards, such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism and pandemics.”

Under the direction of PPD-8, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) to facilitate coordinated interagency capacities across all disaster-related mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery.

The NDRF established six Recovery Support Functions (RSF) to facilitate interagency and intergovernmental “problem solving, improve access to resources, and foster coordination among State and Federal agencies, nongovernmental partners and stakeholders.” Each RSF is led by a Coordinating Agency, with direct assistance from primary and support agencies to execute the RSF mission. The 6 RSFs include:

Each RSF is led by a Coordinating Agency, with direct assistance from primary and support agencies to execute the RSF mission. EDA serves as the Coordinating Agency for the Economic Recovery Support Function (RSF) on behalf of the Department of Commerce (DOC). In this capacity, EDA provides leadership, coordination and oversight for primary and support agencies, all of which share a role in the provision of grants, loans, training and other forms of assistance to support economic recovery efforts in disaster-impacted communities and regions.

Post-Disaster Economic Recovery Resources

The post-disaster economic recovery environment can be exceptionally challenging. EDA has captured the following resources that may be useful for disaster recovery managers both in preparation for and in response to catastrophic disaster scenarios.

EDA-Supported Disaster Recovery Tools

EDA partnered with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) to produce a suite of economic recovery informational tools, which can be found at RestoreYourEconomy.org. Examples include:

EDA Disaster Resilience Reports

Industry Sector-Specific Considerations

Economic Data Tools and Resources

Resource Directory Disaster Recovery Annual Reports Stay Connected
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